Ex-islander reveals a shocking truth about the recouplings on Love Island

Recouplings are the most looked forward segment of Love Island. Amidst all the cute love stories and heartbreaks, Shaughna Phillips reveals the truth behind them.

If you actually look at what all goes behind the scenes of your favourite ITV2 dating reality TV show, you may be a little more considerate before calling out the show bosses on their mistakes, or maybe not. Either way, the dramatic recoupling speeches that often become the highlight of the show and even season, at times, are in fact rehearsed, claims Shaughna Phillips.

It’s a show after all

According to The Mirror, Shaughna went on to Should I Delete That podcast and revealed the big secret behind the recoupling speeches. Revealing that the Islanders practise their recoupling speeches with the producers before filming, she confirmed:

You kind of go over it with a producer before, that night.
So like during dinner time you kind of talk through it. It’s really produced. They kind of ask you to go for chats and certain things. It’s a TV show, so I get it.
…But when you’re doing, like, the ‘I would like to couple up with this person because…’ you do that in three sections. So, you say that, and then you have a big pause, then you say the next bit, pause.

On being asked if the recoupling scenes take time to shoot, she revealed:

Hours. Hours. You don’t normally have to re-do… if it’s something very dramatic, then obviously they can’t really redo that.

Fixed results

Shaughna Phillips starred in the 2020 winter series of Love Island. One of the most famous bits of her journey in the villa is being ditched by Callum Jones for model Molly Smith during Casa Amor. During her podcast, she also claimed that her heart rate monitor results were fixed to suit the storyline of the show.

I think it was set up. In the competition, it said mine went up for Callum, and obviously, it would’ve been a greater storyline that mine went for Callum and Callum’s didn’t go [up] for me, but I don’t think mine went for him. I’m sure mine went for someone else
Even though I know, or I think it wasn’t true, the nation’s then watching me looking like a t##t. I just felt like a donut.

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